Sub-theme 15: Open Spaces for Theorizing, Theorizing Open Spaces

Martin Kornberger, Copenhagen Business School,

Renate Meyer, WU Vienna & Copenhagen Business School,

Markus Höllerer, WU Vienna & UNSW Australia Business School,


Building on the overall conference theme ‘Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization’, the proposed stream is organized around two related concerns: on the one hand, it aims to provide open space for debating new theories of organizing; on the other hand, the stream invites contributions which reflect on open spaces in which new forms of dis/organizing occur. The latter form of open space might include, but is not limited to, emerging organizational spaces, changing public spaces, new virtual spaces, socio-political spaces such as league tables and rankings etc. Simultaneously, the stream invites contributions that comment on, or seek to change, the space of organization theory: How are phenomena such as open source production, groups of organizations, or networks theorized, and what new spaces for theorizing do they afford? How do new theories from related disciplines change the field of organization studies?

By folding the question of thinking new spaces back onto providing spaces for thinking, the stream seeks to provide an open and inclusive atmosphere for discussion and debate of innovative theoretical and empirical research papers alike. Submissions could reflect upon, but are by no means limited to, the following concerns:

-          What new theoretical, empirical, and methodological spaces emerge in organization studies?

-          What new spaces of and for theorizing are evolving, including organizational spaces, changing public spaces, new virtual spaces, socio-political spaces (such as league tables and rankings), spaces of imagery and brands, among others?

-          In what way and through which mechanisms do spaces shape framing and sense-making?

-          Do new organizational practices influence the way we construe spaces?

-          How are issues of power and resistance linked to perceptions of space in organizations? How does space impact on creativity and innovation? How does the arrangement of space reflect organizational identity?

-          How does the design and usage of public spaces impact the res publica and citizen participation?

-          More generally, in what way does our (three-dimensional) understanding of space structure our theorizing?


About the Convenors

Martin Kornberger received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Vienna in 2002, followed by a decade at UTS where he worked last as Associate Professor for Design and Management and Research Director of the Australian government’s Creative Industry Innovation Centre. Currently, he is Professor for Strategy and Organization at Copenhagen Business School, a professorial fellow at Edinburgh University Business School, and a research fellow at WU Vienna.

Renate E. Meyer is Professor for Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business where she is also Co-Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance. In addition, she is a Permanent Visiting Professor at the Department for Organization at Copenhagen Business School, and member of the Board of EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies).

Markus A. Höllerer is Professor for Public Management and Governance at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as Senior Scholar in Organization Theory at UNSW Australia Business School.

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